2017 Competitors

CHECK OUT THIS YEARS COMPETITORS FOR THE JADE MACKINNON NZ FITNESS MODEL SEARCH!

The four categories for competitors this year are:

  • Female Fitness Models
  • Male Fitness Models
  • Fit Mums
  • Fit Dads

Come and check out this exciting competition live on the Main Stage at the 2017 NZ Fitness & Health Expo to see who takes out the title in each category.

 

We have some amazing competitors this year, with inspiring stories and enough motivation to restore World Peace!!! Well, just about. Lets see who we have in our line up for 2017:

Darren Darlerbe

Fit Dads

Father of two children and husband to my beautiful wife. Originally from South Africa, have been living in NZ for almost 11yrs. I want to enter the Fit Dad contest to inspire my friends and family members, and to prove that if you want something bad enough it can be achieved.

Lauren Coleman

Female Fitness Model

I was inspired to do the model search after hearing that some of my personal trainer friends were interested in doing it as well. I had been to the Fitness Expo and watched the show before. I felt inspired to set the challenge of getting up on stage myself. I have worked very hard on my physique this year and feel proud of what I have accomplished. I feel fit and confident, and want to celebrate my hard work.

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Ian Seaton

Male Fitness Model 

I've gone from being an NZ community leader for video games, on stage & TV to be a wellness coach/trainer back here in NZ whose focus is on helping injured and everyday people live better lives, through exercise and education. By doing this model search, win or lose I want to show that a guy like me that likes regular guy things, food, and hobbies, can not only walk the talk but also be a paragon of good living and wellness.

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Kayde Thomson

Fit Mums

I am super passionate about everything health and fitness! I love to motivate and inspire others to get moving and embrace life and their bodies on a physical and spiritual level. I compete locally and internationally as a fitness model. I have an eight-year-old son. We live in beautiful Whangamata.

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Kate Ellison

Female Fitness Model

I am an active and adventurous individual with a passion for extreme hiking, sailing and fitness. Being in love with wine and tobacco for 10 years now I have entirely changed my habits. Inspired by successful bikini models I am taking my fitness addiction to the next level. I live an active life and taking part in the Model Search is a chance to challenge myself and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Marc Shand

Fit Dads

Originally started training to build some muscle. Ending up going from 81kg to 89kg in 2 months. I then had a goal to do an amateur powerlifting comp so I drop my weight down to 85 to be more competitive. Once the powerlifting comp had finished I then set a goal to compete on stage for the first time.

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Summer Notredame

Female Fitness Model

Since high school, I was always torn between the Fitness industry and Tourism industry. However, the older I become, the more I start to fear that I have chosen the wrong career path! I have always loved going to the gym, for me, it's my 'me' time. For one hour a day, I get to escape and forget about life's day-to-day challenges. I play a lot of competitive hockey, my gym routine for years has revolved around what would be best for that sport. This model search competition is way way way outside of my comfort zone, but I love a good challenge.

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Iri Maaka

Fit Mums

Kia ora koutou. I have two kids and a supportive husband. My health and well-being journey started nearly 3 years ago when I joined PATU Aotearoa who helped guide me towards getting active. From there I slowly started making small changes when preparing my family’s meals, now we very rarely have takeaways or if we do we choose healthier options. I have always wanted to enter a BB competition but felt inadequate, however, I feel that now is the time to push myself to step out of my comfort zone like I’ve seen so many others do and give it a go.

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Katelyn Farmer

Female Fitness Model

I have been involved in the fitness industry for several years now. I have such a huge passion for the industry and making health and fitness accessible and real. I aim to show that fitness goals can be achieved in a healthier way and also believe in placing a huge emphasis on mental and emotional health. I really believe if these two things are in check, your physical health always follows. I'm a primary school teacher and part time personal trainer, I want to show others how you can have a successful career as well as having serious health and fitness goals that can be achieved.

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Shani Oed

Female Fitness Model

I have a very big passion for fitness, because of this, I am currently studying a degree in sports science. After I complete my degree I will become a personal trainer. I really believe that helping people with health and fitness is my purpose in life. I want to inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle and feel good about themselves. Being a fitness model has been one of my dreams since I was little, not to mention that it will be a big step out of my comfort zone, which will boost my confidence. This will be an AMAZING experience!

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Nadia Mechant

Female Fitness Model

I am originally from Cape Town, I have been living in Auckland for the past 2,5 years. Believe it or not, I only started gyming properly since I have moved here. I am passionate about nutrition and health and have always led a healthy lifestyle, if I'm not at the gym you will find me in the kitchen. I am now a gym addict, despite an injury that's held me back for the past couple of months, I strive to come back stronger than ever! October is my lucky month, and a great goal to work towards to show off all my hard work.

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Tony Hill

Fit Dads

I work in the Starship Operating Theatre as an Anaesthetic Technician assisting the Anaesthetist's whilst being an advocate for the patient throughout their surgery. I have a son aged 27 in the UK and a donor son who is 4 and lives in Tauranga. I have always been interested in health and fitness, but I never achieved the goals I wanted until I met Jordan Earl. Jordan has been my nutritionist since October and with his help and an active lifestyle, running and gym training, I have achieved some amazing personal goals. Since October 2016 I have lost, 18kg and 15% body fat, and increased my muscle mass. Jordan has encouraged me to enter, and I feel I should as age is just a number and we can all get fitter, look better, feel happy, positive and have a Buzz for life.

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Caity Williamson

Female Fitness Model

I have a great passion for health and fitness. I enjoy helping others and giving out tips and tricks for working out and healthy eating. My main job is at Elite Fitness, here I can help people get the right gear to suit their needs for training at home. I also work as a part time Personal Trainer. I competed in NABBA back in 2013 in the shape division, I haven't competed again but I have wanted to! I'd like to enter the NZ Fitness Model search as it is different to bodybuilding competitions. I feel I am a good role model and I enjoy a good fitness challenge!

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Margaret Goldsmith

Female Fitness Model

I love motivating others to be the best they can be! Being a teacher means I have so many different personalities I need to inspire and motivate every day. I love to help people challenge themselves and push their body to do things they never thought were possible. When in the gym, I make small goals for each session. This gives me something to work towards. It doesn't matter how big or small the goal- as long as I am working my butt off to be a better version than before, I'm winning.

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Praew Malaiwongs

Female Fitness Model

I love keeping fit and healthy. Working out at the gym has become my lifestyle almost 2 years ago. I believe that it turns me into a better person. It teaches me to be patience, perseverance and organised. Working out keeps me motivated, pumps up my self-esteem and keeps me wanting to do better. My nutritionist at my gym has inspired me with her fitness photo shoots and with her attitudes towards weight, working out and eating the right nutrients. It is fascinating seeing my body changing through weight lifting and eating right.

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Kourtney Troon

Fit Mums

Originally born in Canada, I came to Christchurch NZ in 2008 for Teachers College. I have been on an incredible journey in terms of my fitness and health. I have three kids (A 6 year old, a 4 year old and an 18 month old) and I have never had to work so hard in my life to lose weight. I have currently lost 38 kgs. I found the Model search online a while ago I have been using it as motivation to lose weight and get healthy. I want to enter into the "Fit mum" category because I am super proud of my achievements so far and I think it would be absolutely awesome just to even be on that stage next to other beautiful mama bears!

Elizabeth Hoyos

Female Fitness Model

I am originally from Medellin, Colombia. I´ve always been very active and since I can remember. I would have many of my friends asking me for advice and help whether they wanted to eat healthier, go through a proper training plan, learn how to Kite-surf or even learn how to swim. And for me, it didn´t matter so much whether I was teaching someone how to swim or how to eat better, I loved the fact that I was adding value to that person's life. I see this competition as a great opportunity to share my journey and inspire people to become happier and better selves.

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Hannah Tuisamoa

Female Fitness Model

My life completely changed when I began weightlifting a few years ago. Living a fit and healthy, yet well-balanced lifestyle has become so important to me. I have come so far on my own journey and I have recently discovered a huge desire to share the exercise and nutritional knowledge that I have learned, and to help inspire/teach others on their own journey! When I saw the NZFMS, I didn’t think twice about entering. My body is still a work in progress, and I am highly motivated and determined to continue reaching my goals.

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Kayla Pretty-Taylor

Fit Mums

Mum of 2, Indie 6 & Asher 4. From New Plymouth Taranaki, business owner of Pretty Boutique hair studio. Married 10 years to Scott Taylor. Started training with Boot It Taranaki 3 years ago and now am training to become a boot it trainer. I am doing the model search to give me more motivation to be stronger, healthier and fitter and to inspire others to unlock their full potential, because if I can do it so can they, no excuses!

Melanie Burt

Fit Mums 

I am a mum of six and have 4 grandchildren and would like nothing more than to inspire others who think like I used to, that I couldn't get into shape and be healthy. 

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Danny Burt

Fit Dads 

Dad to 2 of my own children, and 4 Stepchildren - Married to Mel since 2010, we met in 2003. I love life and I am currently working on my own business. My reason for entering this competition is to inspire others that they can do it, all it takes is a little bit of time and a lot of commitment to be the better you. It really is a choice thing and both Mel and myself decided that we wanted to live a better and healthier lifestyle. So we inspire each other to push forward and we continue to do so. And who ever said you were too old!!!! Our journey started 5 years ago. 

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Will Ebbett

Male Fitness Model

Been training for just over a year consistently. I want to show everyone what I have worked so hard on and gain confidence by being on stage. Recently competed at the NABBA Hawkes Bay show (12th August).

DJ Barclay

Fit Dads

Father to three kids Noah, Riley and Sophie. Husband to Tasha, owner/operator body composition analysis business Vital Body Scan NZ. Personal Trainer who’s always looking to further my understanding on training and nutrition. I once read an article that said you should test yourself by competing in something at least once: bodybuilding, power lifting, crossfit it doesn't matter. So this is me stepping outside of my comfort zone.

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Jen Marwick

Female Fitness Model 

Hi, I'm Jen, a paramedic with St John. I have a huge passion for helping people and a massive heart. I absolutely adore animals and care deeply for them. I spend a lot of my spare time at the gym as I have really found a love for weight training, feeling my body getting stronger and fitter is so motivating. I love nature, the outdoors, travel, family and friends and living life to the full. I am always looking for new ways to push myself and challenge my own limits and when I saw this I thought it would be a great opportunity to do both.

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Leanne Sharpe

Female Fitness Model 

After losing 60 kgs over the last 7 years I wanted to show that hard work and dedication can pay off. I wanted to show the people close to me that if you put your mind to something you really want to do then it's possible. 

Arun Vejendla

Male Fitness Model 

I moved to New Zealand in 2002. I hold an IT honors degree. I also play first-grade soccer. Sport and fitness have always been my passion. I went through a major transformation of my life and achieved my goal of 9.5% body fat from 25% body fat in just 6 months. I want to be able to be an example for others and take this opportunity to inspire others to achieve their goals.

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Catherine Shon

Female Fitness Model 

I'm a student at the UoA and also a national level powerlifter. The fitness model search was something different from my everyday heavy lifting, it is a great goal to motivate me for healthy eating and well-being. 

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Deepak Kalra

Male Fitness Model 

To get better in every competition.

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Natasha Cribb

Female Fitness Model

Hey, I'm Tash, and I'm from Queenstown. What inspired me to do this model search was the connection between other fitness models and influencers that provide confidence and enthusiasm to women. Going to the gym and working out can be terrifying -for myself included- and I would love to be involved in an industry that encourages women to be confident with approaching and living a fit and healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of the year, I moved to a new town and struggled to make friends as I was working full time. This is where I began going to the gym and started working on myself with the inspiration of other models and influencers increasing my confidence.

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Tony Young

Male Fitness Model 

Been in the fitness industry for 4 years now, Live a very active life fitness wise, recently had shoulder surgery in May and I am out to prove that injury shouldn't put a hold on your goals in life, So if I can help inspire others then I'm happy.

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Cheyenne Naera

Female Fitness Model

I live in a small town at the very top of the North Island, and enjoy the kick back, 'summer all year round' vibe here! I'm a firm believer in you can do whatever you set your mind too - cliché, I know but, I am living proof of that! Helping and encouraging other people in the gym and on Fit-stagram (_cheysfitjourney) literally makes my soul warm! I decided I wanted to enter Model Search to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I can't wait to say, even if I don't win, "this small town girl did it, she put her mind to it and she smashed it!" Hopefully, other fit girls from my area will compete in the future as well!

Gideon Peacock

Fit Dads

I'm married to my best friend Kirsten and we currently have a cute 1-year-old son together. We have been together since I was 17. I have always loved health and fitness but only in recent years have I started to get serious about training and lifestyle. Now I have a son, I want my lifestyle to be an example to him that if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything. My fitness inspiration is my wife, she's amazing! I am currently working as a builder, but am a qualified butcher, personal trainer and security guard and ex-police officer.

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Katya Perrott

Female Fitness Model 

I believe that healthy and active lifestyle make us happier. I started my PT course a few months ago, and I am loving it. Together with my love for healthy eating, I am sure I would be able to help others become healthier and happier. When I heard about NZ Fitness Model Search, I thought that I could challenge myself and show others that if you believe in yourself, you can become whatever you want to be.

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Kieran Kennedy

Male Fitness Model 

I'm a 29-year-old Doctor born and bred in the Auckland region, currently working in Psychiatry and Mental Health. With degrees in Psychology, Human Physiology and Medicine/Surgery, I hold a strong interest in health and helping others lead bigger, healthier and happier lives. I have a particular passion for mental health and am a solid believer that mental health and fitness on the inside fuels health and fitness on the outside. Alongside my work, as a doctor, I'm a strong advocate for men's mental health. I've been inspired to enter the NZ Fitness Model Search for 2017 because of the healthy and balanced ideas it represents.

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Kirsten Peacock

Fit Mums

Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine. I am a qualified NZ and Australia PT. 2017 has been the year to achieve goals for me. First photoshoot, first WBFF comp, and the NZ Fitness Model Search. I want to inspire and help others to live a fit and healthy life as I know the importance of it. I'm using my passion to help improve others health and raise my son to live a healthy fit life too.

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Brooke Frankham

Female Fitness Model

I have competed in Miss Bikini NZ a few times and looking to challenge myself and push myself in 6 weeks!

Rochelle Lloyd

Female Fitness Model 

I am a current third year at Unitec studying Contemporary dance full time. I workout when I can after a long day of dancing and rehearsals. Although I still want to enjoy my youth I make sure to keep an active balanced lifestyle. I was inspired to do this because it’s something that I have never done before and will really push me outside of my comfort zone. I think that it is important to be continuously learning and growing as a person so I know that this experience will be a good challenge for me.

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Jennifer Leaton

Fit Mums 

I am a health professional and always advocating for health and fitness. I love sports and is passionate about fitness and training. This is a great opportunity to experience the fitness model competition and to meet like-minded people.

Rachael Dvorsky

Female Fitness Model 

I've been working in the fitness industry for ten years. During that time I've experienced everything - the good, the bad and the ugly! I've made mistakes and been on the roller coaster weight loss/gain journey. In the last two years, I have turned my life around and managed a healthy and happy lifestyle. I'm now passionate about sharing my journey with others in hope they don't go through the same emotional battles I did.

Emily Slaney

Female Fitness Model 

Hello! I'm Em, 20 years old from Nelson. I work in a cafe attached to City Fitness, if I'm not drinking coffee you'll find me next door. I love everything health and fitness, indoors or outdoors. I have never had anything to aim towards other than my own motivation/body goals, so I'm really excited to be striving towards a competition for a change.

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Heather Willetts

Fit Mums

After being in really great shape last year health and fitness wise, I encountered a health issue. My skin all over my body had cried out that something is not right, and so I went extreme with my diet, trying to find out what it could be. So much so that I forgot about balance and challenging myself, and I also put back on a chunk of weight. DAMMMIT! So I thought this show would be perfectly aligned with getting a fitter, healthier me, while also staying balanced and trying to find my zen zone.

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Jack Downing

Male Fitness Model

I developed a passion for fitness during my late teens. I got more heavily involved in weightlifting around the age of 23 when I was accepted in the Australian military. Fitness came easy during my time in the military because essentially it was my job to maintain a high level of strength and fitness. After I moved to New Zealand and returned to civilian life, I have had to learn to juggle my busy working life and training which has been a real challenge. My girlfriend Stacey registered for the model search, after some convincing, I thought why not give it a go.

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Stacey Hendriks

Female Fitness Model

I'm 25 years old and I'm a full time PhD student studying at Massey University in Palmerston North. I'm passionate about my project which is focusing on better understanding animal behaviour to improve animal welfare and health. I love to learn and I love a challenge which is what has inspired me to do the model search. Up until now I've been what you could call a self-taught gym go-er and so the model search I saw as an opportunity to get more involved in the fitness community so that I can learn from others and share my experiences and the challenges I have faced so far.

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Michael Yu

Fit Dads

Michael was born and raised in New Zealand. He decided to use his brother's gym membership at the age of 20. After one use, Michael couldn't resist going back to the gym. It was like his drug. He decided to live a better lifestyle and eventually developed a passion to help others to do the same. Sacrificing time out with friends to learn, he eventually landed a job in Personal Training in 2015 whilst his partner pregnant. After becoming a Father, it was very difficult for him to maintain his model body, especially with a newborn. Now the NZ Fitness Expo has a new category, the Fit Dad, Michael has set his eyes on the prize.

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Anna Shipova

Female Fitness Model

Hi, I am a 26-year-old young professional that moved to New Zealand nearly 8 years ago from Russia. Several years ago I lost someone very close to me and my life has changed. I started over-consuming alcohol, neglecting healthy lifestyle, became lazy and didn't want to do anything but lying in bed. Then I forced myself to get into fitness and it basically saved my life. I became healthy again, toned and full of energy. I want to do the Model Search so I could help others who ever been in the similar situation.

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DC Cordtz

Male Fitness Model 

Born in Otara, Father, Husband. Hobbies: Gymnastics, Calisthenics, Martial Arts, Rugby League, Church. Favourite Music: Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz. Favourite Past Time: Worship, Family, Read, Sing, Train. Preferred Diet: Whole Food Plant Based Diet/Vegan Diet Favourite Quote: "Suffering produces, endurance character and Hope." What inspired me to do this search for Fitness Model I've always wanted to go on stage one day and some friends that won some competitions. Also to inspire people that anything is possible if you put your mind heart and soul into it.

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Goldie Walker

Female Fitness Model

Originally from near Nelson, I am now living in Auckland and love the choice of dumplings restaurants! I chose to enter this Model Search because I have been going to the gym a bit and love seeing the changes my body has made, however, I feel like I need a more realistic goal to help me achieve the body I am aiming for. I feel like this will kick-start me in my recent decision to try to start learning about macros and how they affect my body.

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Roxanne McMagh

Female Fitness Model

I have been trying to change my life and my body for 6 years. I was told when I was 17 that I was insulin resistant and needed to diet and exercise to get it under control, I got my certificate in Personal Training so I could gain more knowledge. I am one of those girls that have always battled with weight, once I had moved to NZ, I found my feet and I didn't give up. I will never be skinny, I am not built that way, but I have strength and muscle. What inspired me is that I will be able to get on stage for the first time and to show off the hard work. It's not about winning for me, it's about achieving something in my life.

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Esther Ayres

Female Fitness Model 

I have always been interested in health and fitness. The last few years of studying and leaving home created many unhealthy eating habits. On the 30th of December 2016, I had a motorbike accident with my partner where we both were rushed to the hospital and nearly died. 2017 has been a year for me to get my body and life back. The accident taught me to do as much as you can with life. I think I am a good role model to others to show people you can do anything you put your mind to. Just be healthy and just do it.

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Sherif Abdel-latif

Male Fitness Model 

I was born in Hamilton, NZ and raised in Egypt. I moved back to New Zealand 3 years ago to study, to become a high school teacher. I, also, hold a bachelors degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. I played basketball at a professional level when I was younger. I strive to inspire my students and improve their attitude by taking them to the weights room at school during lunch breaks. I have been lucky enough to see some differences in their physique. I love challenges and getting on stage doing a fitness show is another challenge that I am striving to conquer.

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Emma Barrell

Female Fitness Model

I come from a strong gymnast background, I was never one of the skinny girls nor was I overweight, but I was always so insecure about how I looked. At 16, I found a passion for the gym, not only did it give me an outlet and a goal, but it made me realise that I was strong, and to me strong is beautiful. I am inspired to do the fitness model search so I can motivate young girls and show my journey through social media that they can be comfortable in their skin too.

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Nadia Jooste

Female Fitness Model

Many moons ago I decided to compete, I did and it messed my head up which sent me into a downward spiral. Now erring back on track I want to prove to myself that I can be better and stronger this my motivation and inspiration to show people what ever comes to you through negative in life preservers and positive will come your way.

Adriano Schmitt Salazar

Male Fitness Model 

I started training because of the Inspiration of my uncle who is a physiotherapist. He showed me how the muscles work united and how they can build a force that can be strengthened and improved! So I began to improve everything with which I was born with: my physical and genetical Performance. I would love to take part connecting to other people and show them what they are able to change with their own effort and how life quality improves by doing it - physically and psychologically :)

Louise Hau

Fit Mums 

I'm a mum to 5 kids aged from 7-15. I've lost 40kg and am in the best shape of my life. Despite having stretch marks, I'm more confident than ever. My best mate did a bikini comp last year and inspired me to do it with her this year.

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Ahmed Sooran

Male Fitness Model

I consider myself a fitness addict, always hungry to reach new levels and achieve something great that only applies to me. I'm a student at the moment studying a Bachelor of Science with a standard pathway but I plan to pursue a course in Fitness as I finish this degree in one semester. I've been training for over 2 years now and want to continue training to get closer to my ideal body and achieve local fame for what I've achieved. Now this is simply my life style. I don't consider it a good day until I step into the gym, the atmosphere.

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Sophie Berry

Female Fitness Model

I have just participated in my first ever bikini comp down in Waikato. Where I placed 4th in the Novice class, I am very passionate about health and fitness. I love to inspire other girls to get out there and chase their dream body as it can be achieved through hard work and dedication. I think doing the model search will help me in the future be able to influence girls into healthy ways of living and looking after themselves.

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Epenesa Tafa

Female Fitness Model

I am a community support worker, so I have an extreme influence on others. I have made meal plans and fitness schedules for my clients. I would like to be more of a role model and inspiration for my company If I win this competition, I am hugely involved with sports and frequently go to the gym. This has always been a dream of mine to be a fitness model and to influence pacific people to live a healthier lifestyle.

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Liam Marie Rayford

Female Fitness Model 

My name is Liam Marie and I am very passionate about fitness and health. I am a Master's Anthropology student writing about black queer athletes coming out narratives. I want to do the Model search because I believe that it's important to have a variety of bodies up on fitness stages which beauty challenge norms. It also sounds like so much fun!

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Kayla Hollis

Fit Mums

I am a 26-year-old mother of two boys. For a long time, I chose to believe that my body could never be something I would be proud of. In the past year, I have made significant changes to my diet and started to commit time and energy to work out. I love my new body and I wanted to set some new goals, I thought what better way than to enter a competition. It will push me to work harder and to do something outside my comfort zone.

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Anna Clague

Female Fitness Model

Hi there, I'm Anna! I work as a broadcast Operator in the television industry and I'm also an Irish Dancer! I've always been into fitness but being an Irish dancer has given me more drive to be in the gym. When I found out about the model search it really challenged me to work harder and to really push myself to see if I could do it!

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Jaaron Fritz

Male Fitness Model 

I have been amongst the fitness industry since finishing my Sport and Recreation Degree. Since then fitness health and physique have been a huge part of my life. After I finish my first bodybuilding competition in October, I think this will be a great goal to continue training for. 

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Syazlan Salim

Male Fitness Model

I've always admired fitness models and fitness spokespeople. I never thought that I could be in their shoes. I'm gonna try that this year.

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William Gregory

Male Fitness Model

I'm a qualified personal trainer. I live and breathe health and fitness and have done for a very long time. I want to do this to reach out to as many people as I can, direct them into what I believe is a healthy balanced lifestyle. I want to show people that everyone's body is good enough and to love what they have.

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Taylor Fleming

Female Fitness Model

I have always wanted to do the fitness model search since the beginning of last year but never really went through with it, this year I really wanted to show what I could bring to the stage. I've never competed before as I was only interested in just keeping fit and healthy. But I had lots of friends message me asking me if I compete or if I was gonna compete one day. One of my good friends really made me interested and eager to take part in this comp! I feel it was a good way to test my mental and physical ability and see where this could take me in the future!

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Natasha Jilesen

Fit Mums

I have just turned 30, I'm married with two lovely little boys ages 5 and 2. I live in a small rural town in the north island called Taumarunui. I work at our local gym and I'm currently training to be a PT. I've always loved being fit and the feeling it gives me. When I heard about this competition and how it has a fit mums category, I was like that could be a bit of me! I want to see and feel what it's like to be on stage but with not as much pressure as a full on bodybuilding comp. It's definitely a bucket list thing!

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Bridie Campbell

Female Fitness Model

I've recently started running again and doing personal training and I want to have a set goal so I will stay committed to my fitness journey.

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Danielle Lucas

Female Fitness Model

I am a fit young Personal Trainer based in Auckland, I am driven, passionate and confident. I love my job and I love inspiring others to follow their dreams. This is a huge reason why I am inspired to do this.

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Zhane Seymour

Female Fitness Model

My name is Zhane Seymour I am 20 years old from Taumarunui, my motivation to enter New Zealand fitness model search is to challenge myself mentally and physically. Leading up to the competition date I will undergo a complete lifestyle change promoting better health and well being.

Blake Waters

Fit Dads

Just want to show my kids that I still can inspire them to be what ever they want or do what makes them happy.

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Amy Jolley

Female Fitness Model

I have worked in the Fitness industry for approximately 4years. I have been trained in Vibration Training also. My inspiration for applying comes from my genuine LOVE for the fitness industry. I am so passionate about being healthy and fit and would love the opportunity to showcase this in the Fitness model search as well as get further experience and knowledge within the industry.

Rachel Evans-Scott

Fit Mums 

A 29-year-old single mum who works full time, I love fitness as it gave me an opportunity to invest time into myself. I wanted something to work towards and this is an opportunity for me to push myself.

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Ramari Jakobs

Female Fitness Model 

Hi! My names Ramari and I'm from a small Northland town called Kaitaia. I enjoy being active and getting outdoors as we are very blessed up here with beaches. I have a passion for seeing people happy and helping them with fitness goals. I aim to be realistic with my journey the ups and the downs and hope to inspire and help. I aspired to do the model search when I came across the page on Instagram and thought wow that would be awsome but way out of your comfort zone...then boom I said that's exactly why you're doing it!

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Nadia Nel

Fit Mums

I have always been active and into sports. In my early 20's I was an instructor for spinning and Tae Bo classes. I always ran a fitness boot camp for school girls Hockey team. I moved to NZ in 2011. Searching for something challenging I entered a bodybuilding comp with IFBB in the figure division in 2015. I placed second. I have been training hard out ever since, got married and had a baby 11 months ago. Currently, I am prepping for the Waikato Champs (7Oct). I would love to be 'that' motivation to others who doubt that they can do it.

Sarah O'Neill

Female Fitness Model

I'm 25 years old and currently living in Palmerston North. I'm a powerlifter and I've been doing that for a year now and absolutely loving the change. I've always been caught up in thinking that because I didn't look a certain way I wasn't someone who could inspire others. But that soon changed when I figured out that it was no such thing. I want to challenge myself as this is something I've never done before. Being a curvey and solid girl, I want to inspire others to look at themselves in a more positive light.

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Tyler Ellis

Male Fitness Model

I finished high school when I was 16 because I hated it and now have a diploma in hyperbaric engineering and soon to be a medical technician. I just want to make something of myself and be the best person I can be. I first started at the gym because I was a swimmer and the pool was closed for maintenance. I qualified for the 2015 Rio Olympics but had to pick the Olympics or study and I chose to study.
I now work at NZSCDT which is 1 of 3 school in the world that teaches SSBA diving and underwater welding.

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Levi Brown

Male Fitness Model

Co-owner of Universal Gym, Browns Bay. Married to Jasmine Brown. Sport and family are my life. I'm a very competitive person and play sport to win. Out of sport, I’m very calm, humble and collective.

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Aalif Nitro

Male Fitness Model

I remember the times during when I was younger and I would always see people that had amazing physiques gaining so much attention and praise, slowly starting to inspire people and I realized that this was the lifestyle I want to live. The health and fitness lifestyle is one I can't see myself without anymore. I long for it day in and day out and I look forward in every moment of the day until that time where I can put my phone away, put on my gym gear and everything else becomes irrelevant.

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Hayden Crabb

Male Fitness Model

My goal is to promote Health and Fitness along with showing my clients and friends that you can achieve your goals when you stick to it.

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Matene Smith

Fit Dads

Her names Manaia but I call her Honey, she's two years old and she's the best thing that's ever happened to me. One of our favourite things to do together is our Sunday trip to chipmunks. One of the things I am most proud of is my daughter is bilingual, teaching her our language Te Reo Māori is really important to us. I'm 26 years old, truck driver by day, father and gym enthusiast by night. 5 months ago I found myself wasting my time doing things that didn't make me feel good. I started back at the gym after going on and off for years. In terms of fitness, my goal is to continue prep for when I stand on stage at the NZIFBB PRO/AM in 2018z